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Film, TV or theatrical adaptations
In the late Nineteenth Century, actress Jane Coombs toured the west and midwest with a two-hour version of Bleak House. She played both Lady Dedlock and her maid Hortense, who never appear in the same scene.
A 1901 short film, The Death of Poor Joe is the oldest known surviving film featuring a Charles Dickens character.
In the silent film era, Bleak House was filmed in 1920 and 1922. A later version starred Sybil Thorndike as Lady Dedlock.
In 1927, a short film made in the UK in the Phonofilm sound-on-film process starred Bransby Williams as Grandfather Smallweed.
The BBC has produced three television adaptations of Bleak House. The first serial Bleak House was broadcast in 1959 in eleven half-hour episodes. The second Bleak House, starring Diana Rigg and Denholm Elliott, aired in 1985 as an eight-part series. 2005 saw the third Bleak House, broadcast in fifteen episodes starring Gillian Anderson, Denis Lawson, Charles Dance, and Carey Mulligan.
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